Floyd not underestimating 'young lion' Guerrero

Posted at 02/25/2013 5:51 PM | Updated as of 02/25/2013 5:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Even though he has been out of action for a almost a year, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still the heavy favorite when he takes on interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather, the reigning pound-for-pound king, insists that he cannot underestimate Guerrero, however, especially as “The Ghost” defeated former champion Andre Berto to become a top contender in the division.

“Why not him? He’s my mandatory,” said Mayweather in a Boxing Scene interview. “I know this is a young guy that I cannot overlook.” 

“He’s a tough, young, hungry lion. When he faced Andre Berto, he put on a hell of a show,” he added.

Despite this, Mayweather admits he does not know much about his upcoming opponent.

“I don’t really know much about Robert Guerrero. I saw him fight one time, against Andre Berto. And then today, someone dropped pictures off to my hotel room,” he said.

“I saw a picture of him fighting on my undercard when I fought (Carlos) Baldomir (in 2006), but I didn’t get a chance to see the fight,” he added.

Mayweather, who will be working with his father Floyd Sr. during training camp, insists that he won’t look past Guerrero.

“Robert Guerrero is a young, hungry lion. He has done something thus far to get to this point, so we’re going to see what he has,” he said.

The fight against Guerrero will be Mayweather’s first since outpointing Miguel Cotto in May 2012, as well as his first fight since being released from jail last August.